Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Music of Scotland through the Long 18th Century MUSIC4062

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines musical practices and musical thought in Scotland through the long 18th century (broadly 1688-1815), and through this framework illuminates aspects of the music and culture of Scotland in the present day.


10 x 1hr lectures as scheduled on MyCampus; 8 x 1hr seminars and 2 x 1hr tutorials as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Music, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

The Music of Scotland MUSIC4035




Group project: 20 minutes (40% individual mark, 20% group mark) - 60%

2,000 word Essay - 40%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to

■ study, and sing or play from 18th-century Scottish musical sources

■ develop an awareness of the music's historical context, and the wider cultural issues and concerns of the period

■ consider the relevance of 18th-century Scottish cultural history to music in Scotland today

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe cultural exchanges that took place in 18th-century Scotland

■ trace the historical development of more than one instrumental or vocal genre of music in the period

■ discuss issues around to the history of musical traditions and the use of related historical sources

■ assess the challenges of historical music in performance, and find practical performance solutions to these

■ outline and assess the relationships between present-day musical-cultural issues in Scotland, and those of the 18th century

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.